Consumer confidence is a manufacturer’s most valuable asset. The best way for consumers to learn about food safety is by reading the label. The accurate end-to-end information that is provided on the label lists all important information related to nutritional values, ingredients, origin, and manufacturer.
Organic and animal welfare certifications verify safe manufacturing conditions. Product labels are crucial to the customer’s purchasing decision. What serves as an advantage to the customer can be challenging for food and beverage manufacturers, however, compliance guides specify exactly which ingredients must be declared on a product label.
Organizations that use a supplier’s guide can also request a detailed declaration of all ingredients from their suppliers, using questionnaires to obtain all the essential data from suppliers about the materials they are using. This guarantees product traceability from end-to-end.
The European Union enforces the “Big Seven” – the seven mandatory indications for all product labels. Since December 13, 2016, a general requirement has been in effect, obligating manufacturers to list all data related to calories, fat, saturated fats, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, and salt on the package label. These nutritional values must be given in proportion to a product portion of 100 grams or 100 milliliters and must be clearly evident to consumers, allowing them to easily integrate the product into their daily menu plans. Particularly in the case of organizations that supply their products to different countries, local language requirements add an additional challenge, and similarly in countries outside of Europe.
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The highest and best use for PLM software
Manually monitoring all country-specific guidelines would be so time-consuming, it would probably bankrupt small to mid-sized manufacturers. Automated product and label processing is imperative for these food engineers and recipe-based manufacturers.
Innovative, agile product development systems are the only way to quickly bring products to market and the shopping cart – making digital product lifecycle management (PLM) software essential. PLM software guarantees compliance and serves as another step toward ensuring comprehensive food safety standards.
PLM solutions enable food and beverage manufacturers to manage product specifications in one single integrated system. All updates take place in real time across authorized departments. The PLM system compiles a reliable report with all essential data from research and development ingredients to the finished product. Along with the ingredients used, this system also takes into account origin, geographical specifications, and different languages. In this way, a PLM system ensures that all the necessary data for compiling product labels is available and the compliance guide and supplier’s guide requirements are met.
When consumers can access clear, comprehensive, reliable data they will trust the manufacturer. Consumer confidence is born from trust, and loyalty is developed. Consumer trust and loyalty strengthen market share and provide a foundation for your company to thrive and achieve sustained growth.
As organizations use labeling to combat food fraud and food safety standards are strengthened globally, food fraud will ultimately decrease.
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